Ads For Gay Dating Site Pulled By TTC
Shirtless men adds, were subsequently removed from TTC property.
“The ad was taken down as it promoted sex in public places, which is against the law,” said TTC spokesman Danny Nicholson.
Pink Triangle Press is owner of Squirt and they also published Daily Xtra. Andrew Nolan, their marketing director acknowledged the site contains a section for cruising but denied the ads promote illegal sex.
“Yelp also has cruising listings, but I very much doubt the TTC would remove a Yelp ad,” he said.
“We run ads in the U.K., the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand and we’ve never had any problems,” Nolan said. “So to have them removed in a diverse city like Toronto was disappointing.”
Nolan said the TTC would not provide the content of the complaints against the ads.
Attila Szatmari, Pink Triangle’s digital business director, questioned why other ads with sexual tones were allowed and not Squirt’s.
“Nobody is complaining about the Tommy Hilfiger underwear ads but once you see two guys or three guys then it’s no longer acceptable,” he told Daily Xtra.
February 16, 2016
New survey proofs that 44% of gay men wouldn’t have sex with someone HIV positive
The gay men’s health charity GMFA and FS magazine have released the results of a survey into gay men’s sex lives.
The majority of respondents said that they had been tested for HIV and had a sexual health check up within the last year; though 23% of gay men who have not been diagnosed with HIV did not know what undetectable viral load is.
When respondents were told what HIV-undetectable meant it lead to a significant shift in attitudes. Matthew Hodson, GMFA’s Chief Executive commented: “This illustrates that there is still a need for more information about HIV in the treatment era and that given the right information we can change not only attitudes but also behaviour.”
44% of gay men who have not been diagnosed with HIV said that they would not have sex with someone if they were HIV-positive. GMFA believe that this hinders honest conversation and discussion about HIV statuses and negative stigma.
90% of HIV-positive men used a condom with a casual partner compared to 66% of HIV-negative men who said they didn’t use a condom. 71% of gay men said they would use PrEP right now if it were available on the NHS.
January 14, 2016
Gay Rights Group’s Billboard Message Purportedly Uses ‘Bible Scripture’ Against Defiant Kentucky Clerk — but Which Verse Is It?
A newly erected billboard on display in Morehead, Kentucky, takes direct aim at Rowan County clerk Kim Davis’ continued refusal to issue same-sex wedding licenses.
“The anti-LGBTQ movement is comprised of a substantial number of zealots who unfailingly refer to their rigid interpretation of religious text to narrowly define ‘traditional’ institutions and values,” read a statement from Planting Peace. “They pick and choose what they wish to convey as immoral and unacceptable, while seemingly sweeping lines of scripture just a few letters away completely under the rug.”
“Our message to our LGBTQ youth is simple: You are loved, valued, supported, and beautiful,” read a statement from Planting Peace. “There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand by you. You are not alone.”
Exodus 21:7-8 reads, “When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not satisfy her owner, he must allow her to be bought back again.”
Debate has raged for eons over what these scriptures, among others, mean, and the discussion is likely to continue, as some scholars note that slavery in a biblical context was generally different from the modern-day paradigm.
January 11, 2016
Kohl’s #AllTogetherNow Campaign Holiday Ad Features Gay Couple
The commercial, part of the retailer’s #AllTogetherNow campaign, was released on YouTube and features a whole family coming home for the holidays.
There’s mom, inviting two sets of husbands and wives into the family home. And then a set of husbands! We love how matter-of-factly this placement has been handled. It’s 2015, and Kohl’s is portraying the modern family just the way it should: inclusively.
Kohl’s officials wrote on the company’s official YouTube page: “The best of the holidays? Being together with family and friends, of course.”
According to executive vice president of marketing Will Setliff, Kohl’s new #AllTogetherNow campaign “focuses on how Kohl’s is bringing modern families together in unexpected ways.”
January 5, 2016
IKEA Deutschland: Gay Couple Kissing Featured in a Christmas Ad
IKEA Deutschland released an advert starring gay couple kissing on the cheek for the Christmas.
Gay Couple sneak a quick kiss on the cheek, while sitting at a dining table. The kiss is pretty subtle and can easily be missed if not watching carefully. But there is nothing that our eye can’t catch when it comes to this subject.
Watch the full advert below:
This is not the first time IKEA has used gay couples in their advertising. It first introduced same-sex couples over twenty years ago, back in 1994. However, the 1994 advert was released in the U.S., and it was not tolerated, and resulted in some stores receiving bomb threats.
January 1, 2016
Canadian bus driver fired for refusing to drive rainbow colored bus
A Christian Canadian bus driver fired after not agreeing to drive a rainbow colored bus that was promoting the gay pride city event. The Calgary Transit claims that the driver was fired because he was making wrong statements for media, not because he didn’t agree to drive the bus.
Jesse Rau said driving a bus decorated for gay pride event is in conflict with his Christian religious beliefs.
Jesse stated to the media that he was 100 percent certain that this will lead to what have happened. He was employed there for almost a year, which was his probationary period. He said it was hurtful to get fired, but he expected it.
Calgary city officials are emphasizing the termination letter Jesse Rau was fired because he violated the media relations laws of the city, and that his religious belief didn’t contributed to the decision.
They clarified that everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs, and everyone is free to express them, but Rau made deceptive statements in media interactions, that led to undesired controversy.
The city set his status as “do not hire”, since according to the termination letter, Rau is not suitable for employment.
Rau was also accused for putting some “Nazi-related posts” on social media, but Rau tried to explain how the image of a Nazi trying to shoot a Jew, with a kid in background, is actually anti-Nazi.
January 1, 2016
Newly Married Gay Couple Got Their Car Spray-Painted With Homophobic Slurs
Earlier this month, Andrew Windham-Harris found his car vandalized with homophobic slurs like “die fag”, spray-painted and key scratched into the side of the vehicle. The crime happened in some time between 11:30 p.m and 12:30 p.m. Saturday night, in Waynesville, NC when Andrew went into work at a local takeout restaurant in Haywood County.
According to local news affiliate ABC 13:
“He had parked his Jeep in the back on one side of the restaurant. Two other cars, he said, were already parked there.
“Mine was the only car that was painted,” Windham-Harris said, who said Haywood deputies working the investigation have been kind.
“They were extremely courteous, they were remorseful,” Windham-Harris said. “He personally felt bad about it, and was flabbergasted that this had happened in Haywood County.” [SNIP]
A repair estimate he said is coming in just under $500. He said his partner is now living in fear of what else could happen to them in the Waynesville area.”
Windham-Harris told ABC 13: “This has happened but I’m not going to let it back me down, or have me living in fear. I’m going to go on living my life, my new husband, and my house. And we’re going to keep having the American dream work for us.”
December 31, 2015
Movie premier trailer for “Kiss me Kill me”
Premiered on August 19, 2015 “Kiss me Kill me” is the upcoming movie, a contemporary film noir set in West Hollywood. This project comes from screenwriter David Michael Barrett and director Casper Andreas. This movie goes under thriller, mystery and crime genre, but is mostly described as “gay murder mystery”.
“Kiss me Kill me” starring Van Hansis and Gale Harold. Harold is best known for his incredible role on “Queer as Folk”, and Hansis, who is a three-time Emmy nominated actor from “As The World Turns”.
On September 18, the movie made its world premier at REELING: The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
We are sharing the synopsis here:
While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend, Dusty (Hansis) blacks-out. When he comes to, his boyfriend Stephen (Harold) has been murdered and Dusty’s the prime suspect. Rounding out the cast: Jai Rodriquez (Queer Eye), Shangela (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Jackie Monahan (Codependent Space Alien Seeks Same), Kit Williamson (Eastsiders), Yolonda Ross (Whitney), Brianna Brown (Devious Maids), Craig Robert Young (The Last Ship). The movie also featuresGoing Down in LA-LA Land vets Matthew Ludwinski and Allison Lane.
You can watch the trailer here
December 5, 2015
#GayIsOK viral campaign collected over $400,000
They are now accepting applications from LGBT organizations, to donate the money they raised.
Lush, cosmetics brand, teamed up with AllOut to release a viral campaign around #GayIsOK glittery-gold soap bar, for Pride month. All profit will directly be transferred to LGBT charities like AllOut, and the goal was to get the people to spread the message that being gay is beautiful and acceptable, especially now when a lot of countries around the globe are criminalizing it.
They did fenomenal, selling over 100,000 soap bars online and in 80 stores around the world, raising over $420,000, going over every goal.
A small portion of it, around $78,000, has been allocated for AllOut’s global efforts, but that still makes a huge portion of money that is left. Lush, the cosmetics brand, called for LGBT organizations to submit applications to receive up to $15,000. The applications will be acceptable until October 31.
Andre Banks of AllOut, made a statement, saying: “Time and again we’ve seen how, with enough resources, activists do incredible work to change laws and shift hearts and minds towards full equality. Too often, activists are isolated and underfunded, but #GayIsOK campaign has brought a massive new audience to their work and also crusial fund to help them succeed.”
November 17, 2015
Doritos Rainbows chips package to support LGBT youth
The Pepsico-owned food company Frito-Lay has partnered with the It Gets Better Project to release a limited edition rainbow chip.
A new campaign launched by Doritos, in which the company’s boldly colored orange tortilla chips have been dyed rainbow colors to show support for LGBT youth.
The campaign’s new tagline to follow the new designed package: “There’s nothing bolder than being yourself”
If you want to receive Doritos Rainbows chips, you will simply need to donate at least 10$ to the It Gets Better Project, a group founded by gay columnist Dan Savage, who wants to make this world a better place for LGBT youth.
After each your donation, Frito-lay will ship you a bag of Doritos Rainbows from its limited supply. Doritos is encouraging donors to share #BoldAndBetter on Twitter and Facebook.
Ram Krishnan, the chief marketing officer of Frito-Lay, reported that the partnership shows the brand’s commitment in supporting LGBT equality.
He stated: “With Doritos Rainbows chips, we’re bringing an entirely new product experience to our consumers to show our commitment toward equal right for the LGBT community and celebrate humanity without exception.”
Brett Peters, the communications director It Gets Better Project, hailed the food company for using its international reach to highlight LGBT rights.
November 15, 2015